Bonnie spent 30 years living and working on her family’s horse farm in Canaan, N.Y. The barn closed in 2002 and the youngest of her three sons began kindergarten the following year. With more time on her hands, she began something she hadn’t done for more than 20 years – she began to paint again. She also began attending craft shows and fell in love with folk art. Life on the farm, the mountains, valleys, historic homes and villages that surround it gave her unlimited ideas.
Encouraged by the sales, she approached the owner of a folk art gallery in Great Barrington, Ma. Bonnie was represented by The Bird House Gallery from June 2005 until its closing in December of that same year. During that time she did two one-person shows and one group show, altogether selling 23 of her paintings.
In 2007 Bonnie was invited to design an Ornament for the Blue Room Christmas Tree at the White House. The theme for 2007 was the National Parks. The Martin Van Buren National Historic Site chose Bonnie to paint on a six inch ball, depicting the mansion around 1850 in a winter scene with horse drawn sleigh, ice skaters and a snowman.
For the past five years Bonnie has been selected by “Early American Life’s” magazine for their Directory of Traditional Crafts or their Holiday Directory. Each year, this directory recognizes the top traditional artisans in America. This year, a photo of her painting, “Woodland Visitor” will be featured in the Holiday edition of their magazine.